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Pampered Chef: Christmas Cookie Rules

  1. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    Since we're less than a week away from Christmas it's likely that we'll all be indulging in a few extra cookies over the next several days. Most of us are doing our best to eat healthy and watch our calorie intake, so I thought I'd share these rules. They were sent to me by a trusted friend. :p

    1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.

    2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories. (This is commonly known as girl math.)

    3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calories free, (rule #1) yours is also. It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.

    4. Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

    5. Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

    6. Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have three and green ones have five - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!

    7. Cookies eaten while watching "Miracle on 34th Street" have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel.

    8. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.

    9. Any cookies consumed from someone else's plate have no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING!

    10. Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories. It's a rule!

    So, go out and enjoy those Christmas Cookies - we only get them this time of year!
    Dec 19, 2009
  2. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    Another friend just sent me the following tips for holiday eating. It's clear that my friends truly understand me.

    10 Tips for Holiday Eating


    Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

    9. EGGNOG

    Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare ... you cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnogoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

    8. GRAVY

    If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.


    As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.


    Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?


    Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a ten-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.


    If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

    3. PIES

    Same for pies. Apple, pumpkin, mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?


    Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

    1. MOTTO

    One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:

    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming "WOOHOO! What a ride!"
    Dec 19, 2009
  3. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    Love them both, but especially the 2nd one!

    Just had a cup of Eggnog, as I was making an Apple Slab Pie in the Bar Pan to take to our Christmas Reunion. :)

    Oh, and a drizzle of the gingerbread syrup was delicious in the Eggnog too! :chef:
    Dec 19, 2009
  4. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    Well, that's it.

    Now I have to sell my car with the automagic transmixer.

  5. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    And for the cookies- Everyone knows cookie dough eaten before it's baked does not have any calories- since it's not been cooked yet! :) *this applies to cake and cupcakes too!*

    I'm printing these off and taking them to my WeightWatchers meeting this week. My leader will probably flog me, but she's got a great sense of humor. :D
    Dec 19, 2009
  6. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    Many of my friends tease me because, while I enjoy sharing things like this, I rarely eat in ways I shouldn't.
    Dec 20, 2009
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